Sgr-Muzaffarabad highway gets facelift ahead of Modi’s visit

Srinagar: The over 100 kilometers-long Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway will get a facelift due to additional works by Beacon authorities to spruce it up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir on ensuing Friday.
Official sources said that while the Beacon authorities have already patched up potholes which result due to snow and wintry conditions every year, macadamization of few stretches have also been completed along the highway.
Besides, they said, repair works also have been almost completed on parapet walls, painting all along the highway which about 115 kilometers from Srinagar to Kaman post near Line of control.
The Beacon authorities, they said, are about to complete work road stretch from Salamabad to Kamanpost.
On his maiden visit to Valley on July 4, Prime Minister will inaugurate the 240 megawatt Uri II hydel project on the LoC in Uri besides attending a high-level security meeting at 15 Corps headquarters.
As part of his visit to the state, Modi is scheduled to first reach Jammu and inaugurate the 25-km Udhampur-Katra railway line on Friday.
Pertinently, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was scheduled to inaugurate the power project but the programme was deferred due to a technical snag.
The 240 MW power project constructed by the HCC has already been handed over to the NHPC. The HCC is now giving final touches to the works before the project is officially thrown open. In the last few days, senior NHPC officials made several visits to the powerhouse.
The Uri-II hydel project is located at Kalgai village close to the LoC and is a run-of-the-river scheme.